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Northern City (Between Light and Dark)

Northern City (Between Light and Dark) Northern City (Between Light and Dark), The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 1 December 2006 to 4 March 2007. (Figure 11.2) This ambitious touring exhibition promises to ‘… explore the duality of Scotland’s capital city’, but (curiously enough) some six months after its launch, still had no confirmed dates for an Edinburgh outing. Nonetheless, it seems wholly apposite that Glasgow should host this critical dissection of its neighbour, and supposed rival. ‘Northern City’ has been curated by Morag Bain, organised by The Lighthouse (Scotland’s National Architecture and Design Centre) and funded by the Scottish Executive. Bain’s introductory text declares that the ‘… contemporary European city is an increasingly anxious place, caught in a struggle between the opposing pulls of nostalgia and modernity’. The exhibition interrogates this premise and speculates on Edinburgh’s resilience to such a corrosive dichotomy. A select group of Edinburgh-based architects (Sutherland Hussey Architects, Gross.Max and Metis) have been corralled together with award-winning artists (Dalziel + Scullion, Nathan Coley and Victoria Clare Bernie) to undertake a considered ‘conversation’ exploring Edinburgh’s extremes. No transcripts survive of said ‘conservations’ but each team has distilled their disparate ideas into distinctive (and idiosyncratic) 3d installations. Each ‘set’ stands alone with little apparent connection http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Northern City (Between Light and Dark)

Architectural Heritage , Volume 18 (1): 178 – Nov 1, 2007

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.2007.18.1.178
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Northern City (Between Light and Dark), The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 1 December 2006 to 4 March 2007. (Figure 11.2) This ambitious touring exhibition promises to ‘… explore the duality of Scotland’s capital city’, but (curiously enough) some six months after its launch, still had no confirmed dates for an Edinburgh outing. Nonetheless, it seems wholly apposite that Glasgow should host this critical dissection of its neighbour, and supposed rival. ‘Northern City’ has been curated by Morag Bain, organised by The Lighthouse (Scotland’s National Architecture and Design Centre) and funded by the Scottish Executive. Bain’s introductory text declares that the ‘… contemporary European city is an increasingly anxious place, caught in a struggle between the opposing pulls of nostalgia and modernity’. The exhibition interrogates this premise and speculates on Edinburgh’s resilience to such a corrosive dichotomy. A select group of Edinburgh-based architects (Sutherland Hussey Architects, Gross.Max and Metis) have been corralled together with award-winning artists (Dalziel + Scullion, Nathan Coley and Victoria Clare Bernie) to undertake a considered ‘conversation’ exploring Edinburgh’s extremes. No transcripts survive of said ‘conservations’ but each team has distilled their disparate ideas into distinctive (and idiosyncratic) 3d installations. Each ‘set’ stands alone with little apparent connection

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2007

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